Qatar Football Association President fetes U-23 stars
06 Feb 2018 - 0:00
Doha: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) President, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani received the Qatar U-23 national team yesterday to honour the players following their third place victory in the AFC U-23 Championship which was held in China recently.
The ceremony was attended by Director General of Aspire Academy, Ivan Bravo, Technical Advisor of the National Teams Department of QFA, Saeed Al Misnad, Project Manager of the European Project for Players at Aspire Academy, Talal Al Kaabi, the technical staff led by Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, QFA Head of Media Ali Al Salat and the stars of the Olympic team members including the 21-year-old Al Duhail striker Almoez Ali who scored six goals in the championship and was named top scorer of the tournament.
The QFA President welcomed all the stars of the Annabi Olympic team as well as the technical and administrative staff, and congratulated them for their achievement of winning Asian U-23 bronze medal.
He said: “We wanted to compete and win the title but our Olympic team did their best and worked hard and earned third place in the championship.
“The bronze medal is the beginning of the road and not the end of it. There is a large number of players in the Olympic team, who we will depend on, along with the youth team players who will take part to the next AFC U-23 Championship, which will allow them to potentially qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, another significant milestone. I hope they will win the next championship and qualify for the Olympics. The achievement obtained in China for Qatari football has been the result of the hard work and effort of the technical and administrative staff as well as the players,” QFA President said.
Ivan Bravo thanked the President of QFA for honouring the Olympic team and said: “The support of the QFA under the leadership of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani is one of the reasons for this success and the reasons for achieving third place in Asia.”
Coach Sanchez said: “This team includes a number of promising players who have a bright future, and that is what touched him through his work with them. The players showed great performance during the championships notably that after the tragedy against Vietnam in the semi-finals penalty shootout, they quickly regained their balance and stood on their feet again to win the third and fourth place match.”
Saeed Al Misnad also thanked the QFA President for his support for the team and his interest in this distinguished group of players.
He said: “The team has made a great effort to achieve this achievement for their country, but at the same time they must showcase ongoing effort to continue the journey.”